When most people think of Mickey Mouse, they usually envision a cartoon — not a gas mask. As regular-looking gas masks sometimes frightened children, Disney made Mickey Mouse gas masks for children starting in 1942, just before the onset of World War II.
Fearing gas attacks
Fearing gas attacks, mothers contemplated how to safely get about with their children. In 1938, this photo captures a woman pushing a baby stroller made to protect children from gas. She, too, is also wearing a gas mask.
Adolf Hitler’s bunker
At the Reich Chancellery, fifty feet below the streets of Berlin hid Adolf Hitler’s bunker and the command center conference room in which he took his own life by gunshot on April 30, 1945. With him was his wife of one day, Eva Braun, who killed herself by taking a cyanide capsule.
An Unidentified Woman
Tragedy struck America on November 22, 1963, when the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated while sitting in the backseat of an open-top car and greeting the public in Dallas, TX during a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza. In the crowd was an unidentified woman who appears to have photographed the president at the moment the first shots were fired. To this day, no one knows her identity and what evidence, if any, she obtained of the President’s assassination. She has become known as the Babushka Lady for the scarf she wore, which was similar to the attire worn by elderly Russian women.
At the funeral of John F. Kennedy
At the funeral of John F. Kennedy, his three-year-old son, John F. Kennedy Jr. touched and surprised the world when, as his father’s coffin went by, saluted the man who was his father.
A Sailor's Kiss at Times Square
A sailor, happy to finally be home from war after fighting Japan, appeared in LIFE Magazine after he scooped an unknown white-uniformed nurse into his arms for a passionate, back-bending kiss while thousands of people swarmed Times Square on August 14, 1945.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is an American landmark located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, and proudly displays the faces of four previous United States Presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Sculptor and designer Gutzon Borglum began construction on the 60-foot-high carvings on October 4th, 1927, and finished his masterpiece four and a half years later.
Having Lunch 850 feet Above the Ground
If you have a fear of heights, maybe casually having lunch 850 feet above the ground while working on the Rockefeller Center isn’t your cup of tea. But that’s exactly what these men did while working on the site in the 1930s, showing that not only New York but America as well, was still persevering, still striving, and still working.
John Lennon signed an autograph for his killer
No group was bigger in the 21st century than The Beatles. However, John Lennon, one of the band’s four members, became even more well-known after his tragic murder on December 6, 1980. At 5:00 p.m., just hours before his murder, Lennon kindly signed an autograph for his killer — Mark David Chapman. At 10:49 p.m. after returning home to the Dakota located in New York City, Chapman fired five shots at the singer as he walked by. The musician tragically died of multiple gunshot wounds, external and internal hemorrhaging and shock.
A Russian Cosmonaut, plummeted to earth
In 1967, Vladimir Kamarov, a Russian cosmonaut, plummeted to earth in a botched spaceship low on fuel, with no working parachutes, and poor construction. He hit the earth’s surface at the speed of a meteorite, turning his body into molten remains upon impact.
Swedish traffic switched sides
Left. No right. Which one is it? on September 3, 1967, Swedish traffic switched sides and motorists began driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of the left as they were used to. Unfamiliarity hit with a mighty blow as this image captures chaos and confusion on a Swedish road.
Nikola Tesla, a man of wonder and genius who lit up the World’s Fair with electricity in Chicago during 1893, is seen working in his lab.